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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Sharon Udasin Shaniv

    Country:  Israel

    Current Global Engagement: After moving to Israel about five years ago and working initially as a freelance journalist, I began reporting for The Jerusalem Post in March 2010 – covering environment, energy, agriculture and transportation. Since then, the country has truly undergone a natural resource revolution, providing fascinating material for coverage on a daily basis, be it in the natural gas, solar energy or water sectors. I also enjoy the fact that while many of my stories do have political elements – as nearly all stories do – I am able to write about issues that are not solely focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although such coverage is of course crucial, so too is the economic and environmental development of the country.  Moving across the world has been both a challenging and highly rewarding process, and I feel truly grateful to have found such happiness and success in both my professional and personal lives. 

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • At Penn, my favorite books that I read and studied over the course of my English major were Vanity Fair and Lady Audley’s secret, entertaining and interesting works from the Victorian era. These days, as a forever Harry Potter fan, I am really enjoying the new JK Rowling (written as Robert Galbraith) detective series. 
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • While I have many specific fond memories, in general I really appreciate the togetherness of the students and particularly of the friends I made while at Penn. If you were studying at Van Pelt or Huntsman Hall at 2 a.m., there was always a close friend available to sip lukewarm coffee beside you.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Well, I live in a smaller city in Israel, called Rehovot – about 25 minutes south of Tel Aviv. In Rehovot, the must-see place is the Weizmann Institute of Science, a gorgeous international campus where scientists come from all over the world to pursue their research. But in Tel Aviv, the most must-see place in my eyes is the boardwalk along the beach, which stretches across nearly the entire western length of the city. There, residents and vacationers alike enjoy relaxation in the sun, gather at beachside cafes and play the ubiquitous Israeli racquetball sport “matkot” all day long.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • One strong piece of advice I would give myself would be to take some of the social pressures a bit more lightly. You don't need to attend every single party available to you. If you'd rather study for one weekend evening, or even simply relax, those people who really are your friends will remain your friends.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I hope that my reporting is having some impact, relaying news from Israel in English to the rest of the world. As I mentioned previously, I find great importance in the fact that my areas of coverage do not solely focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and instead allow me to explore an abundance of issues that have economic and environmental impacts both locally and internationally.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • In February, I was lucky enough to fly to Rwanda to cover the launch of an Israeli-American solar field on the campus of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, an hour outside the country’s capital. Meeting the village’s high school students, orphans from the Rwandan genocide, was truly inspiring. Their diligence and commitment to educating and improving themselves astounded me, and should be a model for children – rich or poor – around the world.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • I really enjoyed Hey Day, though more so as a junior than as a senior. It was fun to walk around the campus with all of your friends getting squirted with various condiments, reflecting on the three fun years you already shared together and the one you still had left at Penn.
  8. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
    • My favorite course was probably a Jewish-French literature class I took my junior year with Prof. Maurice Samuels, though unfortunately a year later he moved to Yale University. In the English department, I also really enjoyed an Orwell and Hemingway class, as well as a travel literature class with Prof. David Espey.
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • I worked at The Daily Pennsylvanian, and I was a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority (which I believe is no longer on campus).
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • I really enjoyed some of the restaurants both downtown and in Chinatown. My friends and I also spent time at most of the regular bars, near campus and downtown. In the non-nightlife category, I also enjoyed going running near the art museum and near the crew docks – always a beautiful view.
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • I was a window girl for years, but these days, I prefer the aisle
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.